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Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa
Kevin Williams, Director Data Center Services Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud...
24 Apr 2014
How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Sales Foundation As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we're looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean...
16 Apr 2014
Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Sales Foundation As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we've also embraced energy's role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will...
15 Apr 2014
Joining the OCP Foundation Board
Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President Cloud & Enterprise The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. Today the Open Compute Project Foundation announced that I am one of two new board members, effective immediately. This follows our...
25 Mar 2014
Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Last month we told you about a new idea to eliminate electrical distribution in the datacenter and improve uptime at the rack. Sounds great in principal but can you get it to actually work? I am happy to announce the successful...
6 Feb 2014
Microsoft Contributes Cloud Server Specification to Open Compute Project
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering Today Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) and will be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft's cloud...
28 Jan 2014
Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project
Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President Cloud & Enterprise The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where...
28 Jan 2014
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture...
4 Dec 2013
Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach...
12 Nov 2013
Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events
Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure Marketing Global Foundation Services Customers look to Microsoft's cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale...
9 Nov 2013
Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Foundation Services As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing , MSN , Office 365 , Xbox Live , SkyDrive , Skype , and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully...
4 Nov 2013
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure , Bing , Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these...
24 Oct 2013
Microsoft Channel 9 talks datacenters with Christian Belady
GFS, Staff Writer Global Foundation Services Check out this video conversation with Microsoft's Channel 9 host Laura Foy and General Manager of Datacenter Services Christian Belady. The two discuss a range of topics including Microsoft's datacenter evolution, Christian's recent Outstanding...
16 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit
GFS, Staff Writer Global Foundation Services Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren't...
7 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO
Mark Estberg, Senior Director Online Services Security & Compliance I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft's Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted Provisional...
30 Sep 2013
Microsoft’s recruiting more Engineers for its expanding Cloud Infrastructure
Molly Griffin, Senior Staffing Manager Global Foundation Services Microsoft has 38 years of experience in software design, and well-known business and consumer products like Windows, Office, and Xbox wouldn't exist without the software developers who helped create them. Software is at the...
26 Sep 2013
Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Data Center Services I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power...
19 Sep 2013
Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time
Robert Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist Microsoft NOTE: This post by Rob Bernard, Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist, ran Tuesday, September 10 on the Environmental Sustainability team blog and we have reposted the entire entry below. One of the great joys of my job, and...
11 Sep 2013
Learn how Microsoft Manages its Cloud-Scale Infrastructure at Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle
Tim McDowd, Senior Manager Global Foundation Services Whether you manage an IT environment or have considered a move to cloud services, do not miss the opportunity to hear from two of Microsoft's top data center experts at the upcoming Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle conference on...
3 Sep 2013
Microsoft’s Cloud Is Growing Again! 100+ Jobs Posted This Week
Molly Griffin, Senior Staffing Manager Global Foundation Services If you love technology and enjoy tackling big challenges, come join the team at Microsoft where we're building one of the largest and most advanced cloud infrastructure operations. We have more than 100 cloud infrastructure...
28 Aug 2013
Microsoft Research Spotlights Potential of Software Defined Networking
Vijay Gill, General Manager Engineering Microsoft continues to explore new ways to use software to improve the delivery of services running in our cloud-scale infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the latest technologies to grab the attention of the networking world, and...
15 Aug 2013
Cloud services you can trust: Office 365 availability
Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President Office This is a guest post from Office Corporate Vice President, Rajesh Jha, cross-posted from the Office blog Office 365 availability Since launching Office 365 two years ago, we have continued to invest deeply in our infrastructure to ensure a highly...
8 Aug 2013
Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Team is Hiring
Molly Griffin, Senior Staffing Manager Global Foundation Services Microsoft's cloud is rapidly growing and we're constantly looking for people with experience well-suited to building, managing, and securing our data centers and network infrastructure. Some of the 82+ positions on Microsoft's...
22 Jul 2013
Microsoft’s Christian Belady receives Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award
Tim McDowd, Senior Manager Global Foundation Services Christian Belady, Microsoft's general manager of Datacenter Services, received the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award by DatacenterDynamics at their inaugural North American Awards ceremony in San Francisco...
17 Jul 2013
Microsoft’s David Gauthier Shares Data Center Design Strategies at Datacenter Dynamics Converged
Tim McDowd, Senior Manager Digital Communications Microsoft's cloud infrastructure has undergone a major cloud-scale transformation in recent years and David Gauthier has been a driving force behind some of its key changes. In his over 13 years at Microsoft through a variety of technical...
1 Jul 2013
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